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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to a chorus of youths, what is "the chief end of Man"?

2. The narrator makes an analogy between Gandhi's nonviolence and what feature of Bob Brigg's life?

3. Which scientist is leashed by a female baboon at the beginning of the screenplay?

4. Where do the narrator and Bob Briggs meet at the outset of the novel?

5. What kind of primate represents the "least among man," according to the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bob Briggs ask Lou Lublin for, and why? How does this relate to a religious painting?

2. What is peculiar about the babies being prepared for the Purification Ceremonies?

3. What became of the Canterbury and its crew, ultimately?

4. What discussion do the Chief, Arch Vicar, and Dr. Poole have concerning food production?

5. What about Dr. Poole's presence is surprising to Chief?

6. What is the Arch Vicar's explanation for why his people worship Belial, all the while acknowledging the being's evilness.

7. What is the Arch Vicar's stance on the reality of demonic possession?

8. What happens to young boys who show early signs of sexual aggression in the primitive community?

9. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

10. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Hots Community. What are their beliefs? How were they formed? What is their culture like? Why does Dr. Poole wish to flee to this community?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the philosophical passages in Ape and Essence are devoted to the nature of evil. According to Dr. Poole, what is the nature of evil? What is the nature of evil to the Arch Vicar? In each man's view, what is man's relationship to Belial/evil? Can man improve his station or somehow overcome evil eventually?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the back story and plot points of the script "Ape and Essence" reveal the author's own fears about the threat of nuclear war and annihilation.

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